Metamorphosis and Other Stories

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Metamorphosis and Other Stories (2008, Penguin Classics)

Paperback, 320 pages

English language

Published Feb. 26, 2008 by Penguin Classics.


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4 stars (5 reviews)

This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes 'Metamorphosis', his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; 'Meditation', a collection of his earlier studies; 'The Judgement', written in a single night of frenzied creativity; 'The Stoker', the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, 'The Aeroplanes at Brescia', Kafka's eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka's literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

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good collection of kafka's work

4 stars

kafka's storytelling is a bit inscrutable to me. it's realistic in the sense that things just happen for a while without there being an apparent point or conclusion, but also of course it frequently contains fantastical elements. still I enjoyed reading it if only for the writing—which was effective at eliciting emotion, if not conveying it—and not for the social mores.

some of the stories I enjoyed most were "The Men Running Past", "In The Penal Colony", & "A Report to an Academy"

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1)''When Gregor Samsa awoke from troubled dreams one morning, he found that he had been transformed in his bed into an enormous bug.''2)''' isn't easy to decipher the script with your eyes; but our man deciphers it with his wounds. True, it takes a lot of effort; he needs six hours to complete it. But then the harrow skewers him completely and throws him into the pit, where he splashes down into the bloody water and the cotton. Then the execution is over, and we, the soldier and I, bury him.'''
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